This Week at SOTA

NKU School of the Arts - Feb. 5, 2020

Frederic Chiu Bringing the (Classical) Smackdown

Get ready to rumble as world-renowned pianist Frederic Chiu brings an epic classical piano showdown of Prokofiev versus Debussy to NKU SOTA. The concert will take place this Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at 7 p.m. at Greaves Concert Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Inspired by reality talent shows like “American Idol,” “Classical Smackdown” is a “tongue-in-cheek wrestling match” between contrasting composers with the audience voting for their favorite composer during the concert. The format is built so that any novice or professional can come and have an opinion. The program for Prokofiev-Debussy is arranged in four “rounds” of pieces specifically to provide an opportunity to compare and contrast.

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A Closer Look at the Hoosier Hardwood Photo Project

In 2013 photographers Chris Smith & Michael E. Keating began a journey to document Indiana’s historic gyms. Although basketball was not born in Indiana, the state adopted the game as its own – nine of the top ten largest high school gyms in the United States are located in Indiana. In 1954, the year tiny Milan won the state championship, more than 700 schools participated in the one class state tournament – a story that would later help to inspire the Hollywood film Hoosiers. As of January 2020 Smith & Keating have travelled more than 50,000 miles, shot more than 400,000 digital frames, visited more than 300 gyms and witnessed countless hours of basketball. One hundred photos from the project are on permanent display at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and in 2016 the project was featured in the New York Times and was one of the Indiana Historical Society’s Bicentennial Exhibits.

In July 2020 Indiana University Press will publish a book of photographs & essays from the project entitled “Chasing Indiana’s Game.”

Chasing Indiana’s Game: The Hoosier Hardwood Project” will be up through Feb. 21 in the Third Floor Gallery.

Visual Communication Design Mentor Night

Four senior Visual Communication Design (VCD) students have agreed to lead a discussion covering:

  • Their experience in VCD courses
  • The admittance review process
  • Things they wish they had known as freshmen/sophomores

These students are open to answering any questions attending students might have.

The meeting is open to any and all students who want to know more about VCD! Future Mentor Nights for other areas will be announced as they are scheduled!

Upcoming Events

Guest Artist: Frederic Chiu, piano "Classical Smackdown"

Friday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m. | Greaves Concert Hall

Symphonic Winds + Concert Band

Thursday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m. | Greaves Concert Hall

H.M.S. Pinafore

Feb. 21-March 1 | Corbett Theatre


FE20: Full and Part-time Faculty Exhibition

Thru Feb. 21 | Main Gallery
Gallery Talks: Mondays and Wednesdays, 11-11:15 a.m. thru Feb. 19

“Chasing Indiana’s Game: The Hoosier Hardwood Project” Photos of Chris Smith

Thru Feb. 21 | Third Floor Gallery

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